Born and bred in Cardiff, Wales, Simon graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1982 before moving to London to perform stand-up comedy.
He auditioned for BBC Children’s programmes in 1985 and presented PLAYSCHOOL during it’s final 2 yrs. In 1987 Simon hosted the first of 6 series of CORNERS for Children’s BBC and developed an interest in writing scripts and songs for television. By 1990 Simon was a regular face on Children’s BBC; presenting The Why Bird Stop and Tent Stop for PLAYDAYS, hosting WATCH! for BBC Schools programmes and anchoring BSkyB’s weekly teen-magazine series COOL CUBE. Throughout, Simon was able to contribute scripts and gain experience writing for different genres and age-groups.
In 1991 Simon was given his first series commission, co-devising and writing MELVIN AND MAUREEN’S MUSICOGRAMS for BBC Pre-School programmes and in 1994 devised and scripted the BAFTA nominated MONSTER CAFE, a gothic comedy-drama for Children’s BBC. By the mid-90s (having devised 3 children of his own!) Simon relocated to Surrey. He got involved with BBC and Channel 4 Schools Programmes, developing a talent for introducing maths to the younger audience; he scripted and played the King of Diamonds for 3 series of MEGAMATHS, he wrote 3 series of MATHSMAN, he wrote an animated James-Bond spoof, MATHS-CHALLENGE …and was a contributor to MATHS MANSION for Channel 4. (In fact any programme beginning with the letter ‘M’). Simon also scripted and presented children’s quiz-show, SICK AS A PARROT (1994-96), wrote a music series for Channel 4, JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (1997) and scripted a history series for Fflicc Films, TALES FROM WALES, (1998) focussing on characters and events from Welsh history.
In 2000 Simon worked for The Millenium Dome, writing a kid’s interactive, computer-generated adventure for THE PLAYZONE and, calling on 15yrs experience in children’s television, was drafted-in to present and script TIKKABILLA for CBeeBies. Since then Simon has become a regular contributor to the pre-school channel; writing for FIMBLES, BOOGIES BEEBIES, SONGCATCHER, STORYMAKERS and comedy scripts for NUZZLE + SCRATCH and GIGGLEBIZ.
Currently Simon contributes to either end of the cultural scale; writing ZINGZILLAS, SHOW-ME SHOW-ME and MR BLOOM’S NURSERY for CBeeBies… and presenting live Shopping Channel television for BID-UP TV. (Similar audience, different age-group!)